Pre-Weekend Quick Takes

Spencer Neff

Another jam-packed weekend of racing is on tap, so here’s a look at the headlines.

1. The Cup Series heads into Kentucky tomorrow night with a new, lower downforce aero package set to debut. Among the changes are a shorter spoiler (down from 6 inches to 3.5), smaller overhang for the front splitter and a 25-inch radiator pan (was 38 inches), which will take away about 1000 pounds of downforce. The major concern for NASCAR and the race teams is that rain has plagued on-track activities this week.

After having Wednesday’s session and a huge chunk of the weekend’s track time cancelled because of the weather, Saturday’s race will be even tougher. With three additional races set to feature the new aero package, tomorrow night will be a huge barometer to see if the changes improve competition.

2. Last night in the Truck Series, David Gilliland collided with Ben Kennedy. The contact sent Kennedy into the wall, even hitting the catch fence and riding along the SAFER barrier. Thankfully, Kennedy walked away from the crash. After two crashes that saw vehicles into the catch fence, it is important to note just how much all the safety precautions have helped the drivers, crews and fans stay safer. However, having these types of crashes this close together is something NASCAR needs to look into trying to remedy as best they can.

3. Following a week off, the IndyCar Series will return to the Milwaukee Mile. Although this is the 12th race of the season, it is the first on a short oval and therefore,the first with the new aero kits. There has not been much in the way of testing and practice on short ovals with the new body kits so predicting how the race will go may be tough.

One driver to watch out for is Will Power. The reigning series champion won last year at the Mile and was competitive last year. This year’s racing on ovals has been exciting, now the hope for many is that the competition will transfer to the short ovals.

Have a great weekend and see you soon.


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